Welcome Home: A Disney Parks & DVC Podcast
Summary: A Disney Parks & Vacation Club Podcast. Tom, Damon and Trevor are Disney enthusiasts who can't stop talking about anything and everything Disney. On Welcome Home, they talk about everything related to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Vacation Club (DVC). As DVC Owners and Disney Parks enthusiasts, the guys have extensive knowledge of everything Disney and Disney Vacation Club. Let Welcome Home help you and your family be more knowledgeable about Disney!
The guys welcome Becky back to the show to tell them about her most recent WDW trip. The guys answer listener questions on topics including how much money is too much money for a WDW trip, rides your family likes but you don’t, and an EPCOT World Showcase only day. DVC just announced a new SVP and General Manager. The Creations Shop and Club Cool will open soon at EPCOT and it will have an exclusive line of EPCOT themed merchandise. Imagineer Zach Riddley shares a sneak peek at 10 new Mickey sculptures designed by individual Imagineers coming to the Creations Shop. The Fab 50 character statues have all finally been announced and are starting to be installed in the parks. The Vault Collection of merchandise is coming to WDW for the 50th Anniversary and includes some cool retro items. Disney gave a behind the scenes look at the making of the original song ‘You Are the Magic’, which will be played during ‘Disney Enchantment’, the new nighttime show premiering at Magic Kingdom for the 50th Anniversary. Disneyland announced a new holiday after hours event called ‘Disney Merriest Nites’ debuting in November.
Tom discusses his recent experience with booking a DVC room for a last minute trip. The guys answer listener questions on topics including unpopular Disney opinions, Genie+, DVC buying advice, and adult only vacations at WDW. DVC is proactively offering to buy back certain Old Key West contracts. Even more characters have been added to the Fab 50 statue list. Disney announced new Annual Pass options for WDW which will go on sale in September. An opening date for the long awaited Space 220 restaurant at EPCOT has finally been announced. Imagineer Zach Riddley revealed a new Mickey Mouse mural that will be in the Creations Shop at EPCOT. Disney gave a behind the scenes look at the Disney KiteTails show coming to Animal Kingdom for the 50th Anniversary. Disneyland announced all the Halloween themed food that will be featured in the parks during the holiday this year.
The guys answer several listener questions about Genie+ and the benefits of staying on property. DVC Members can now purchase a DVC themed version of the game Operation. More Fab 50 statues have been announced. A full attraction list has been announced for Early Theme Park Entry, a new benefit for guests staying at a WDW resort. Disney Cruise Line reveals more details about AquaMouse, the first Disney attraction at sea. Disney shares new details about the entrance to Club Cool at EPCOT. ‘The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World’ will premiere on ABC on October 1st to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of WDW. La Crêperie de Paris, the new traditional crêperie at the France pavilion in EPCOT, revealed it’s full menu.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including buffets returning, Top of the World reopening, and Golden Birthday buttons. Foldaway beds are coming to Disney’s Polynesian Villas and the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Even more Fab 50 statues have been announced. Disney has announced that the NBA Experience will be closed permanently. Buffets are coming back to WDW beginning with Boma, Biergarten Restaurant, and Crystal Palace. Fan favorite drink, POG Juice, is reportedly no longer available at WDW and may be gone for good. Disney has announced that Steakhouse 71 will replace The Wave at the Contemporary. Imagineering shared a first look at the illuminated “Points of Light” that will cover Spaceship Earth for the 50th Anniversary celebration. Disney announced the replacement for FastPass+ and MaxPass, a paid service called Genie+. Imagineering released footage of “Project Exo”, which is developing large scale exoskeletons for characters that guests can interact with in the parks.
Damon and Tom are joined by special guest Brian from DCLDuo Podcast. Damon returns to the show with a new Damon’s Detour. The guys answer listener questions on topics including listener meetups, Aulani, and parents in movies. Disney announced that Space 220 is finally opening, for real this time, hopefully in September. Many more Fab 50 statues have been announced and the guys discuss the character choices. 50th Anniversary merchandise has been announced along with new designs for stores within the parks. D23 Members will have access to a paid preview event for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT. Disney’s CEO recently gave some new details about the upcoming ‘Disney Genie’ app. The Rider Switch program at WDW has updated their policy to prevent misuse. Disney announced details for the new “Disney Very Merriest After Hours” coming to WDW during the holidays. The guys discuss a rumor that the Main Street Electrical Parade & A Christmas Fantasy Parade are returning soon to Disneyland Resort.
Tom and Trevor answer listener questions on topics including stretching DVC points, extended evening hours, ideal DVC contracts, traveling to WDW, and reimagining a restaurant at WDW. DVC members will have access to a “Squeak Peek” of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge gets a reopening date for their Club Level lounge. A few more characters have been announced for the Fab 50 statues. WDW announced that new annual pass sales will resume before the 50th Anniversary begins. Disney gave a sneak peek of 50th Anniversary merchandise. Reservations are now available for “Mears Connect”, the replacement for Magical Express. Disney announced many new details about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser including sample pricing, room types, sample itineraries, and add on experiences. Disneyland announced the details around their Annual Pass replacement called “Magic Key”.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including Magic Kingdom restaurants, new DVC perks, shorter DVC contracts, DVC for moderate resorts, and 50th Anniversary merchandise. According to a few guest reports, Disney has stated that they are no longer offering transportation of perishable goods between resorts. More Fab 50 statues have been announced and the guys discuss a speculative list of all 50 statues. Disney has announced that many restaurants are reopening in August including the Yachtsman Steakhouse, Pizzafari, Columbia Harbour House, and Toledo. Disney released a video of Imagineers discussing new details about the Galactic Starcruiser hotel including food, entertainment and storyline. A new video released by Disney shows a behind the scenes look at the upcoming “Harmonious” Nighttime Spectacular at EPCOT including some footage of the show.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including their Mt. Rushmore of Disney movies, show changes, paid FastPass, 2042 DVC contracts, split stay resorts, and Disney pretzels. Disney has announced more of the Fab 50 statues coming to WDW for the 50th Anniversary celebration along with an art installation and photo-op at Orlando International Airport. Disney released a poster and new details for the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Several stage shows are coming back to WDW in August including Turtle Talk, Beauty and the Beast, and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. Moana themed rooms are now available at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and the guys give their thoughts on the new design. Disney announced that nighttime fireworks shows Happily Ever After and EPCOT Forever will both be permanently retired when the 50th Anniversary celebration begins.
Amanda Hollis from The 3 Mouseketeers Podcast joins Tom & Trevor for this episode. The guys and Amanda answer listener questions on topics including sit down meal recommendations, favorite mode of transportation, best outside bites, keeping the parks relevant, and WDW trip length. Disney announced all of the upcoming holiday offerings including a new holiday party, decorations, projection shows, food, merchandise, gingerbread houses and more. The EPCOT monorail line is finally reopening and has a new sign. Disney has unveiled the first set of the ‘Fab 50’ Character Statues that will be located all around WDW for the 50th Anniversary. Joffrey’s has replaced their paper straws with biodegradable sugar straws. The official trailer was released for the upcoming ‘Behind the Attraction’ series on Disney+.
Damon is back and gives his review of his trip to Florida, FootGolf, and his non-Disney hotel. Haunted River Country shirts are now available for a limited time. The guys answer listener questions on topics including the upcoming DVC Member site shut down, eating dinner with Disney people, and a one day trip to Disney. There are new food items now available in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disney released the full menus for the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2021 and guys go over their picks. Disneyland Paris retired their free FastPass service and replaced it with a new a la carte paid FastPass option called “Disney Premier Access”. “Must Do Disney” featuring Stacey has been removed from resort TVs and replaced with a new program.
The guys welcome guest host Becky Wells to the show and answer listener questions on topics including extra pixie dust, favorite non-park DVC, WDW during the holidays, and a dragon themed resort. After last episode’s segment on comfort for men at the parks, the female listeners of the show share their tips for women at the parks. Several restaurants are reopening soon with new menus and theming, including Citricos and Trails End. A new take out food option called Disney Family Night Dinner is coming to select WDW hotels and includes an exclusive family game. Disney has announced that the Disney Dining plan will return, but has not stated when or what the plan options will look like. runDisney events will return in the fall. A new scene featuring “Coco” is being added to Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Disney announced details on Early Park Entry for resort guests with new Extended Evening Hours for Deluxe resort guests only. Disneyland announced that 2 resort restaurants are permanently closed.
The guys answer questions on topics including a hypothetical DVC resort at Magic Kingdom, ride queues, updating attractions with new technology, and monorail strategies. Damon gives his thoughts on sporks, underwear, and buying at Riviera. DVC has eliminated optional housekeeping services. Disney announced some new offerings coming to WDW for the 50th Anniversary including a new fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, 50 Gold Statues of Characters placed around the parks, a new cavalcade, and a new daytime show at Animal Kingdom. Disney also announced that Harmonious will debut on October 1st and shared a new image of the show. The first images of the reimagining of Disney’s Contemporary Resort featuring rooms themed to the Incredibles were released by Disney. A new Tower of Terror movie starring Scarlett Johansson is in production.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including perks for DVC Resale members, the mythical DVC purple ring, more discussion on intellectual property in the parks, fireworks strategy, improving an existing ride, and building a 5th gate. There is a rumor that DVC will make another price increase for direct buyers at a few resorts. Fireworks are finally returning to WDW and DL in early July. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will reopen for regular guests in August. Single rider lines are beginning to reopen. Scentsy is working on a project with Disney to create a guest experience within Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. Marathon Weekend at WDW may be returning next year. A new limited time Father’s Day bacon cupcake is currently available at the Polynesian.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including a pre-WDW exercise competition, revamped meal plan, studio kitchens, podcast sales pitch, and best WDW tour/experience. Damon gives his thoughts on Disney’s current plan of using existing intellectual properties in the parks instead of original content. Face Masks will be optional in most locations at WDW starting this week. More dates have been added for the Disney After Hours Boo Bash event due to high demand. ‘Ohana is reopening with a modified menu in July. Supposedly, Space 220 will finally open this fall. Disney gave a preview of Food & Wine including some new food booths and festival merchandise. There are rumors that Disney will bring back fireworks in early July and that FastPass will be returning soon.
The guys answer listener questions on topics including club level rooms, Animal Kingdom Lodge bus times, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Adventures by Disney, the dollar challenge, most expensive Disney souvenir, and a paid FastPass rumor. Damon is ready to add on to his DVC membership by buying a new contract at Riviera. Avengers Campus opened this week at Disney California Adventure and the guys discuss the new land. Pricing and timing has been announced for the ‘Disney After Hours Boo Bash’ Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. Tusker House at Animal Kingdom is reopening soon with a new menu. Club level resort lounges are reopening later this year.